The birth of our “Plant the Ocean” Initiative
Our founder and CEO, Nicolas Quintairos, grew up in South Florida. Growing up around the water between Miami and the Florida Keys, he noticed that over time the local oceans were dying. Corals, fish, and mangroves were gradually disappearing. So he decided to try to do something about it. Nicolas started at Florida State University where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Entrepreneurship. He then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Marine Ecosystems and Society from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Nicolas plans to lead the movement to PLANT THE OCEAN, 1 product and 25 mangroves at a time.
As we start this project, our founder will be able to use his connections and expertise in the marine world to get impactful conservation projects underway here in the US and abroad. Our first endeavor to PLANT THE OCEAN will be in partnership with the Eden Reforestation Projects. Through this venture, Twenty5Degrees will donate a portion of each sale in order to plant 25 mangroves for each product sold.
What does TWENTY5DEGREES have to do with mangroves?
Well, glad you asked. Most mangrove species grow between the latitudes 25 ֯ N and 25 ֯ S. This also encompasses the tropical zone of the ocean on which most of our conservation projects will be focusing. Finally, we thought it was a cool name!
Many people ask us, “Why mangroves?”
Mangroves are what we call a “keystone species,” this means that the existence of mangroves in a given area supports all sorts of other organisms in that ecosystem. Mangroves act as nursery habitat for a variety of species including two thirds of food fish, corals, sea turtles, and even juvenile sharks. It is quite simple, the more mangroves, the healthier the surrounding ocean.
Mangroves also protect people. Mangroves are the first line of defense in many natural disasters such as hurricanes or tsunamis. Mangroves also protect against erosion during these storms ensuring human structures do not wash away during these disasters.
What does planting mangroves have to do with climate change?
Mangrove habitats have carbon hoarding properties. They can store up to 10 times the carbon compared to their terrestrial counterparts. This has a lot to do with the structure of their roots. Also, mangroves grow in mostly brackish and saltwater conserving fresh water, one of the earth’s most precious and scarce resources. Also, planting trees is one of the most effective things we can do in our fight against climate change.